Tulsa Hospital Focuses On 'Art Of Healing'

Tuesday, May 17th 2016, 6:22 pm
By: News On 6

The cafeteria at Hillcrest Medical Center was the scene of a live art experience Tuesday.

The artist raised money for a program called the Art of Healing.

One of Tulsa artist Chris Mantle's colorful, almost electric buffaloes.

"You see we kind of have the start here."

He brought along a blank canvas and he along with some of the people watching are going to create one of his buffaloes.

It didn't look like it but there was a buffalo in all the paint somewhere, just had to coax it out.

This is an interactive process so folks are encouraged to contribute.

Even Chris's 14 month old son Canyon. Like father like son.

"I'm grateful that I'm here for the Art of Healing because I feel my paintings could possibly have a healing aspect to them," Mantle said.

Chris has a spiritual relationship with these buffalo. There's someone adding a little paint.

The Art of Healing has been around at Hillcrest since 2002. It's a joint project with the Arts and Humanities Council.

"We are supplied artists in residence to work with our patients and families while they are at the hospital," said Nat Torkelson, Art of Healing.

Lot's of folks are in on it. Some of us just watched, but as we did all those contributions of paint became a buffalo.

Chris donated the finished painting. It will be auctioned internally at Hillcrest as a fundraiser for the Art of Healing program.